On Nature column: Incredible celestial phenomenon to darken skies on August 21

On Nature column: Incredible celestial phenomenon to darken skies on August 21

On Nature column: Incredible celestial phenomenon to darken skies on August 21

This is the first all-American solar eclipse we've had since 1918, and it's one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade, being that it's visible from coast to coast, crossing from OR to SC.

If you're planning to watch the solar eclipse this month, make sure you have the proper safety equipment.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.

The eclipse, which is the first total eclipse in the Lower 48 since 1979, will take place starting at 1:19 p.m. August 21 and will last two hours and 38 minutes. "Because it's such a rare and exciting event, we wanted to create an interactive guide that everyone could enjoy". Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse.

The free app comes with a host of resources for the amateur astronomer.

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Cloudly weather and heavy rains prevented Delhiites from viewing Lunar eclipse on August 7. Videos from the Solar Dynamics Observatory show the sun in different wavelengths, revealing the many layers of solar activity. The last lunar eclipse visible from the entire country was seen on April 4th, 2015. And it doesn't end there, because then the Moon will move on and come to its first quarter phase near the star Antares, another member of the Four Royal Stars. However, only about 0.1 percent of the earth's surface will see each eclipse.

"It's never okay to look at the sun's rays even if the moon is blocking part of the sun", Hennessy said. "During the eclipse, the light intensifies and it could blind you". The phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth's shadow, blocking a part of the sunlight from reaching the moon and causing it to appear larger than normal.

Also, the U.S. and Canada can view the total solar eclipse on August 21, but cannot see the lunar eclipse.

In Great Falls, the eclipse will begin at 10:19 a.m. The total duration of the penumbral eclipse was five hours and one minute and that of the partial eclipse one hour and 55 minutes.

The first total eclipse visible from the US since 1979, this month's cosmic event will occur when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and blocks the sun, according to NASA's total eclipse website.

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